Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s Friday, it’s the end of the first week of the semester, there’s been earthquakes (and earthquacks), hurricanes, and storms.  But it’s beautiful here on the Northern Plains and serene in my office. So there really is no better time for some varia and quick hits.

  • I get that Steve Jobs was a kind of cultural icon. Moreover, I love my newish MacBook Pro. I bought a first generation iPad and a first generation iPod Touch. I wrote my M.A. thesis on a PowerBook Duo and my undergraduate thesis on a Mac Plus (which died, like so many of the line, from overheating).  I run my stereo from a MacMini and have a fantastic theater display in my office. But, I feel like the hubbub over his resignation is overwrought. He’s a guy who’s sick.  I sincerely hope he gets well. I appreciate the products that he sold us. But, he’s just a guy who makes things that people like me want to buy.  (And we should always remember the original McIntosh…)
  • So in my effort to find some sanity in the handwringing over Steve Jobs’ resignation, I looked to my buddy Sam Fee’s blog Arranged Delirium. He didn’t have any insights to offer (yet), but I did discover a link to his fantastic photography. He certainly needs to bring his camera out to the Northern Plains.
  • One of my tiny side projects has been to work with a fantastic team to revise the College of Arts and Sciences webpage. We’re still working on bringing content to it, but the design is there.  (And if you look closely, you’ll see a photograph of ole R. Scott Moore.)
  • My Daytum is back and alive again. I’m recording how many words I write, how I get home from school, and the temperature in my office first thing in the morning.
  • Beloit College has published its Class of 2015 Mindset List. If nothing else, it reminds us that our students are very different from us. It was a bit stunning to realize that many of my students were in Middle School when 9/11 happened.
  • According to Gallup, North Dakota is the second happiest state in the U.S.
  • “So What” is one of my favorite Miles Davis’ songs and this YouTube of animated sheet music is really cool.
  • If you haven’t, check out the first Teaching Thursday of the year. And keep looking back, because there are big things afoot for the ole Teaching Thursday scene.
  • This is one of my favorite racing weekends of the year. The Cup guys are at Bristol (at night!!) and the F1 fellas are at Spa.
  • Everyone looks good in the warm-up matches.
  • What I’m reading: Eric C. Kansa, Sarah Witcher Kansa, and Ethan Watrall, Archaeology 2.0. (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2011)
  • What I’m listening to: Femi Kuti, Day to Day.

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